tv Activists Hold Peoples Climate March in Washington D.C. CSPAN April 29, 2017 3:35pm-5:34pm EDT
provider, they know your insurance. when you go to the pharmacy, they tell you exactly what you are going to pay. that is what computers are for. host: elizabeth rosenthal. we were talking about your article that appears in "new york times" magazine. thank you for >> what do we do when our water is under attack. back.nd up, fight
>> that is what it is about. youre here to tell collective energy for the people of not just ourselves, not just this moment, but a lot of life on this planet in each and everyone of us have demonstrated this power today. give yourself a run of applause. [applause] >> your can do better for yourself. stand up. yes. start us off, i want to pay recognition i have my relatives come onstage here. come on up. we're going to shut up our program. know, who has ever heard of standing rock? make some noise.
[applause] this year has been a pivotal year for climate justice. numerous communities across the country, or generations, have been struggling for the self-determination and ability to protect their water, land, year, we saw as prime example of that. river -- theabove river in north dakota. supporting came out and make a round of applause he went to standing rock. [applause] make some noise of you supported in some way the fight against the dakota access pipeline. [applause] who we have onstage rights now are some of the water
protectors, the first ones that set up the camp. most people don't know what's that camp -- but that camp was established april 1 2016. routes there fighting the pipeline. i'm going to say the names say know who they are. we're going to have our ,elatives, courtney and dawson we're going give them a song and ask us all to give collective energy and honoring our first ther protectors of pipeline. also the water protectors across the line putting their lives online. >> [inaudible] my name is montgomery brown. [applause]
>> i would like to thank all of you for standing up with us at standing rock. thank you for hearing the call. thank you for being here and continuing to being here -- continuing to be here, and now let's shut it out very -- shut it down. i'm from rosewood south dakota. [applause] >> i'm from chris what -- i'm chris watson and i've been living here for five years. i appreciate all this love. in this is awesome. thank you.
[inaudible] >> my name is william, i am from rock creek south dakota and i would like to thank all of you for supporting us. it means a lot. [applause] >> hello my friends and relatives, i greet you with a handshake. i'm from the standing rock's reservation. this is the biggest family that all of us are ever blessed with. [applause] >> i'm from the can of all river
standing walks -- standing rock sioux sioux tribe. my name is joy braun, and if it wasn't for this woman and all of these people standing here, i wouldn't have gone out there. me and my cousin, we were the first ones out there camping on april 1 2016. there was snow on the ground. >> [indiscernible] i humbly thank you for all of your support. >> i reside with my sister. earth andh on of the we were more than happy to come out and help.
we had to get out there, brought our horses, and rocked the land. ia and i'm is dossi from standing rock. canada keeps slapping me in the face here. us.k you all for supporting thank you because hugging a tree, loving a river, it always seems like you feel all alone sometimes. when you see a crowd like this eventually,u know, the guy that lives in the house will listen. if not, we will have to make
them listen. >> we're going to ask for this moment and do and song for our watering protectors who put whor lives on the line and sacrificed countless hours and days, and weeks, and months, not only for the benefit of the water but also for their future generations. our relatives will sing a song for us. ♪
know you know that's your own of this chance. life, water is life, water is life. make some noise. [applause] >> my name is christine from the george gordon first nation in saskatchewan canada. i'm living in iowa for 10 years and that is where we continue to fight it in iowa. that's why i'm up on the stage, actually. i'm here to talk to you about the circle of resistance, and
the reason why i am on this stage. i'm up here because it is time past andegating the not worrying about the future. it is stop -- time to start telling a better truth. don't you think? [applause] it is time to wake up. wake up, donald trump. [applause] if you don't wake up, we will wake you up. [laughter] because wehere today are here to talk about the future. what is happening with our climates. all of you are here because you can feel it. right? you can feel the change in the weather, see the changing landscape, you can see the violent storms, see the chemicals in our watcher, you can feel them. you are drinking them. i want to let you know that we have a solution for this
problem. thatf these solutions is to decolonize our mind. like this like an over here, this art installation that we spent a few weeks building, remi inthe artist, these arrows the wagon, they are arrows of decolonization. these arrows represent the things we need to do to decolonize our minds. they mean a lot. took a lot of time to think about these and what they mean. of them.ty is one his sovereignty for indigenous people. you need to support the indigenous cause, right? recreations. language. community. education. to feminize, we need to bring .he feminine's back
colonization's destroyed femininity and we need to bring that back. need to be together. all of us. we need to work together as a huge, massive group of people and mobilize together. and make a difference. that is all we have to do. the human race, yeah, absolutely. thank you very much, i appreciate being up there. [applause] >> hello everybody. hot, i know we just got done marching. how ironic. i'm visiting you from north dakota. to those of you that came to north dakota, sorry on behalf of myself and the way some of you were treated.
the police forces are not all like that there. you can visit me in newtown, north dakota. what i would like to do is say we are about 200,000 people marching in the streets today. i want to sale of you guys. i love you way back there by the porta potty. we love you. hello to my group delegation. give it up. all of us here, you know what we have become we have become the new majority. we're going to take back our rights. we are going to tell number 45, you will not let us down anymore. [applause]
you for your help, prayers, blessings, and rights now, we have 800 and more water protectors going to the processes and violations. --nk you very much very thank you very much. >> let's give it up everybody. you to candy,nk that is my forever friend. we were pregnant together, what's up? always holding down. shout out to all the women here. i see you men, too, how you doing? we want to give it up to two amazing women that are going to come and speak to us. they are going to represent the it takes group delegation. all over the world, first and
we have someone with global justice in the climate justice alliance. she was here 26 years ago. that was for the signing and creation of the environmental justice principle. that's what we guide our work by today. if you don't know the principles , you don't know environmental justice. if you have your smartphones, google pretzels of a my rental principles ofgle environmental justice. give it up for her. youth, inng the brooklyn. [applause] they are representing the it takes roots representation. >> howery all feeling today? -- how are you all feeling
today? i'm 16-year-olds and i'm an organizer. we are in brooklyn new york. i'm inspired to be an front of all of you beautiful people today. committed to climate justice. i'm honored to be fighting alongside of you to make a better tomorrow. i'm glad to be here to represent my beloved brooklyn, black community, youth community, the -- femalenity as well community. , black caribbean teen, i'm well aware my life is in jeopardy because of climate change. climate change affects people of color, especially young people of color first. experience the most of the
climate crisis. we are going to be the ones experiencing the worst effect of today's action. too many neighborhoods and communities of color in new york are exposed to pollution and supper health complications because of it. and, wed power outages are most vulnerable to extreme weather. it is becoming more and more common. climate change is one of the risks to-- greatest the community of color. it can get rid of decades of accomplishment. -- and causes displacement of home. our power is necessary to stop climate change. to build a just transition to a system that values our lives. i am committed to climate justice and the movement because it continues to expect my family and me in the worst way possible. as extreme weather becomes more frequent, it continues to destroy homes in my never could.
-- my neighborhood. i'm not just talking about brooklyn, i'm talking about the larger community in which i belong to. identify with the african community here. think about hurricane katrina. my mother comes from grenada. most recently, hurricane matthew. it devastated the islands in the caribbean's. i fight for climate justice for ,y newborn baby cousin, kelsey so she can grow up in a world where her life is not in jeopardy due to the mistakes of the people who lived before her. justice, i climate fight for myself, i fight for my people, and i fight for our future. [applause]
>> hello everybody. my name is pam talley and from the streets, i am hyped. i have been told in the 26 years buildi came here to help the environmental justice movement, i have become an elder. woohoo! as an elder, i want to share something with you and send you off with some marching orders. are you all right with that? i want to get serious here. 4, know our march on april , he, dr. martin luther king dared to speak truth to power
and for those words, dr. king paid the ultimate sacrifice. you know that's, right? callsed to expose what he the giant triplets. do you know what those are? capitalism, militarism. am i right? triplets are what drew folks like me and bob, and tom, and richard moore, and connie tucker, and dana austin, to washington dc in 1991 to the first national people of color environmental leadership summit. there were 600 of us. national andld a international movement that will fight for environmental justice.
crafted the 17 principles of environmental justice. they would guide the frontline to confrontto one environmental racism. [applause] fight the destructive nature of capitalism. [applause] oppose militarism. [applause] and we were there to uplift the universal declaration of human rights. affirmed sovereignty and self-determination. in the words of grace, lee, bob, these principles lay the foundation for a new constitution. did you hear me? a new, constitution.
[applause] [applause] >> today is trump's 100th day. we are living under the giant triplets agenda on steroids. is spanned by fear and hate, but you know and i know that where there is , there is, there is there is -- for me, i am witnessing resistance, but it is ledsistance today of vision by frontline solutionaries. are you going to be a solutionary?
say it. i will be a solutionary. dr. king speaks with -- beyond vietnam. because you believe that we the people can take back control. [applause] >> we can move beyond trump. moment of one struggle, many fronts, is that right? from the struggle against police ,rutality to building the wall to the struggle to protect water , resistance that you will create will be merging across the country. these are your marching orders.
take it from grandma. to go beyond trump, we must stand together in our resistance. on monday, it is mayday, am i right? , when theen we climate justice community from a this is when we stand up present ao vision and fight for solutions that are good for all the people, and not-for-profit. finally, to go beyond trump and the giant triplets, we must commit to live in balance with mother earth. [applause] >> and that means dust repeat warming,-- no war, no
coal, gas, oil, leave it in the soil. struggle, many fronts. again. again. [cheers and applause] thank you. let's give it up, everybody. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you very much. all right. you all still hot? that's ok. it is a good feeling to be hot this day. you better check the weather. remember there are water stations on 17th street near the restroom.
if you need to get something to eat, there are food trucks on 14th street. we want you to stay with us. look across the street to my right, your left. that is the william jefferson clinton building. that is where the epa works. the environment protection agency. speaker, het to localents, he is the president of the american federation of government employees and he represents epa local 3331. his name is nate james. now mr. james is here to talk about who gets hurt first and worst when we talk about government cuts. the person with a nice office. it is all of the government everyday people who make up washington, d.c., and he is also a veteran, so we are talking about cutting jobs
for veterans. is that all right question were no, not at all. when the epa is under attack, what do we do? stand up, fight back. let's give a warm, warm welcome to mr. nate james. good afternoon, everybody. i am so excited to be here because i speak you as a conduit for all those employees working under duress and great amounts of stress at the epa. i am not talking about bureaucrats, politicians, or all these other folks that we have been misled into fighting each other about. i'm talking about people just like you sitting out here in this audience coming epa employees who are hard-working and dedicated to service, service. that is a word i have been using for the entire duration of my life.
scout, a cubboy scout 20 years in the united , 17 yearsine corps right here at epa headquarters, and it saddens me to see my fellow workers are to speak to you about what they do. they do a large number of things for us, but i will try to bring it home so it means something to you. i hope that when i speak to you today, you will take some of the words i say to you back home with you. did you eat breakfast this morning? if you ate breakfast, where you eat dinner tonight? something as simple as that the epa has a role and. because chemicals are part of our everyday life. i will not make it a bad thing, but they have to be controlled, and that is what epa does. these corporations, it is all buck.the the bottom line is dollars.
dollars to not trump people. people trump dollars. we have to get there. america aregainst cuts against the american fabric. these are taxes against the american public. if anyone else was doing what this government is doing to us now, what this administration is doing to us now, it would be declared an act of war. just a few weeks ago, in syria, sarin gas was sprayed and the united states i could immediately. that you know -- i learned this word a week ago -- so help me out. it is a chemical. it is used in our fruit. if you ate breakfast this morning, strawberries, soybeans, but it is in the same chemical is the searing that
was used in syria. we don't know these things. how many of us play football? moms take our kids to soccer fields. we play on golf courses. is green and greener than it normally is, we need to ask why, because there are chemicals. i'm going to use the s word. science is real, all these things we do, all these things we do are related and come back home to us. i have five grandchildren. one is autistic. i have a large family, some suffer from asthma, and as these chemicals are used, but worst when they are abused, and believe me without epa there will be a lot more of these going on because corporate america is all about the dollar. we have been taught we are each
other's enemies. epa is not the enemy. we protect the american family from those determined to allow their greed to take our country backwards. make america great again. that is the plan. to make america great again, and for what? the almighty dollar. on the we can stop it. there is not a politician who will do a thing unless we say so, so we have to demand our leader step up and take charge of things and make sure that we maintain our health. service. the federal i serviced in the military. nobody vilifies the military because we protect america. well it is the same thing for all your federal agents. i took an oath for this job. that i a same oath signed up for when i was in the marine corps. we have to make sure that we serve and those employees at the
epa must be allowed to do that. we have been made scapegoats. we follow orders and we should not be punished for doing that. order, no regulation comes to any of these agencies unless w they are approved by congress. how we do it is a different argument and i am not going there. i want you to remember, federal equals public, public equals people, you, me, our families. we are the people. it we are the federal government. we are the united states of america. -- we are the federal government. we are the united states of america. america is not for sale. america is not for sale, america is not for sale, and we will fight back. right now as we speak, my brothers and sisters in the armed forces could be called up
to defend against korea, syria, or any other country that wants to make an attack against us, and we should not view a tax on corporate america any differently. it says we will protect and defend against enemies both foreign and domestic, so we must fight back. greed is the driver. we cannot allow it to happen. the attacks against the federal government are nothing less than takefforts of the elite to and divide the everyday working people. it is an attack upon the working class. it will if this or rate us to the point where all we can do, where all we can do is take the blame for what corporations do to us, so every day people, it is up to you. up,have to wake up, stand speak up, fight back, protect your epa, because it is trying to protect you. fight back.
fight back. fight back. thank you very much, everybody. you.ank we have water stations to fill up your water. , your medicinees is back and the lost and found in those three white tents back , your so, sir james medicine is in the back. our next performer is a senior and will now read her letter to president trump. >> good evening come a fellow articulate rebels. i am here representing new
orleans and big class, a nonprofit organization that helps to develop creative toting skills for students then publish their work. i will sure student letters about the election of donald trump from our recent publication and a poem from yours truly. is from -- ading dear donald trump, i think you should fix the holes in the streets because it feels like our cars will break and you will not like that. also, donald trump you need to environment. also, donald trump, i would like to write about trees because of we don't have trees we were not have oxygen or papers so our animals will have freedom. please read my note and make a change. the second letter is from myself and it is, dear america, i cap
trump --donald can't write a letter to donald trump. to walk through the streets already a black woman, but also having to worry about who may be a trump supporter. with this situation, my eyes are open, but my heart is not. i cannot control my country, but i can put my foot in the door. the last reading from our book is from -- donald trump, it took me 17 seconds to understand the density of the bigotry you are encompassing. messingyour cohorts are up the land who started to accept people of the front backgrounds and sexualities.
come so far. there is no reason we should go back. now that we have a bigoted, superficial racist as a president, i do not know what to do. not much is to be said for the heinous acts of donald trump is committed against women. lastly, a poem for myself. hold your seats, the tree speaks. this is from the perspective of a tree. did you know that i give oxygen to those wasteful, ungrateful beings and my species will live through eternity catering to the blind as they kill me with their engine exhaust gases that created from their idol brains -- i will be driven insane if i had this squishy, gray matter in the cranium, and yes, i am aware of what is in those bags, they are
called bodies. my brother in and i have watched the building of empires to the fall of civilizations we give life to every soul that is pushed and pulled into the street possessing planet we have been here longer we gave breath before the was thought. even the dinosaurs were nicer, and yet we have to breathe your ours in the one that makes roots shrivel, after trunks old and tired like what happens to you after smoke invading your voluntarily, killing me and your cells. your not ask for secondhand smoke. all we ever wanted was to touch the clouds that we see as our own heaven, but we are pulled down, chopped for wood, killed for nothing of true worth but these two-legged beings killing me while killing themselves. thank you. [cheers and applause]
you, i amlling telling you, and this it generation is amazing. it is something magical to see right now, isn't it? isn't it? it is powerful. our next is an indigenous activists. give a round of applause. [applause] >> hello, everyone. am honored to march together with you and washington, d.c. i am here with my fellow indigenous sisters. till yesterday, we have been in in unitedegotiating nations headquarters. we heard so many similar stories of how climate change is affecting indigenous peoples and indigenous women around the
world. today, i stand with you, all of you here, to speak the facts, facts about the climate change, to speak what climate change looks like for indigenous peoples and women living in the most vulnerable countries in the world. climate change for us comes in the form of mudslides, rainfall, low food production, melting glaciers, and displacement from our ancestral homelands. an answer when the family loses their only piece of land to a landslide? who has an answer when a woman has to walk three hours just to fetch a liter of drinking water? and mothers spend the day and for her the fav table family and finally decides to leave home to work as a migrant
worker in an unsafe environment? sadly this is the reality we are living in today. the exploitation of indigenous people has always been tied with the exploitation of land and resources. both the climate change and this theuality is caused by industries, the capitalist system, the power and resources in the hand of tiny few that discards the rights of indigenous people and women. , climate change is the new for a colonization. we need to understand this. the historical responsibility of global warming lies in the hands of developed countries like the united nations. it makes more than two thirds of the global greenhouse emissions but has done little or nothing
to admit to climate change. it's been 600 million dollars on funding, but so little on environment oh protection. this tells us what our world leaders prioritize. do we agree with them? no. that is why we are here, all of us, to resist. we care and no climate change is real. if humans are going to have a future in this planet, it will have to be one where indigenous women are protected, organized, and powerful. because when indigenous women fight, humanity will survive. liesost important strategy in organizing ourselves, our community, seeking climate solutions that lies in the
judicial of energy democracy. -- vulnerable climate communities on the frontline are taking action because they don't have a choice. for many of us living in developed countries who have requestnd privilege, i all of you to act fast and hard to change the climate change, and we are not alone in the struggle. we are in solidarity. this is what resistance looks like. to take power back in our own hands from the political leaders and build our own movement and create an equal system. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you.
around the for clause, everybody. round of applause. [applause] came tonk trump even visit us. look over there. it is trump. huge. all right, friends. so we are very, very excited. this is what democracy looks like. indeed, indeed. first and foremost, when we talk about climate change, we have to make the connection between u.s. foreign-policy and climate change. who is the biggest polluter in the world? the united states military. now we won't even get in-depth about how much of our communities in the united states are right by military bases. we won't talk about the environmental impact of a war like the one we have in in
forever and iraq, afghanistan, and iraq. -- iran. there is no better person who can bring home the connection between the u.s. military and climate change in peace activism than mr. george martin. he is a native of milwaukee, and he is with the martin luther king justice coalition, the former national cochair of united for peace and justice, and he is the green party shadow cabinet ambassador of peace. everybody let's give a nice piece to our good friend, mr. george martin. thank you. no more war. stop the wars. save the planet. hello, family.
the u.s. military is the single largest consumer of energy and the world, and the world's single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. military doesn't measure fuel by miles per gallon. by gallons orel barrels per hour. tanks can soon -- soon 250 gallons of fuel per hour. gallons ofuse 1580 fuel per hour, and the b-52s, they earn six barrels of oil per hour. the u.s. military consumes as much as one million barrels of
5% ofday and contributes the global warming on this earth. that the other militaries around the world, by the way, the u.s. congress has exempted the u.s. military and the border patrol from u.s. environmental and endangered species loss and the united nations greenhouse gas agreement. the military response to climate one, to control, eliminate, mass migrations, and two, to wage wars over dwindling resources such as oil, water, arable land, and minerals.
resource wars are being waged right now. syria with its tenure drought. israel palestine for control of water. years, moving from the north, to the south, to the sub-saharan. african land grabs for arable land and minerals. andy-four in south america and southeast asia. de-for station in south america and southeast asia. stop the wars. save the planet. mike check. repeat after me, mike check. stop the wars. save the planet. keep it in the ground. keep the oil under the soil.
keep the gas and the grass. keep the coal in the whole. system change, not climate change. , sustainablergy light, peace and love. [cheers and applause] >> now we will hear about the solutions to the climate crime crisis from chris. a high near and green construction in central kentucky for over a decade. i am so proud to have him come on up. he is actually a human being. here he comes. give a round of applause for chris. thank you.
hey, y'all. my name is chris will agree. i am an energy efficiency professional from lexington, kentucky. i have been blessed to speak here today because i am a member of kentuckians for the commonwealth, and we are members of the climate justice alliance, also because kentucky is on the front lines in the transition away from frost so feels. in kentucky, -- fossil fuels. in kentucky, we know a thing or two about power. power americato to the industrial revolution and two world wars. kentucky communities have provided power to the world since 1820 when our states first commercial coal mine open. kentucky that at the coal museum. i tell you this now because a
few weeks ago that museum installed solar panels on its roof. [cheers and applause] >> yeah. you heard that right. we kentuckians know about power. we are not satisfied with the same old power. hear,ght be surprised to but we know things about new power too. we know the difference between the two. we know old energy power destroys our land, poisons our water, and harms our bodies. we know that old economic our extracts labor and wealth from our communities, especially communities of color. we know that old political power is controlled by good old boy network of wealthy elites. we are not going to settle for that old power anymore, and that is why kentuckians for the commonwealth have been working on this issue since at least 2009 when my friend randy wilson
told a crowd at our state capitol building when he said, there is green energy. we have no more excuses. there is a way out. we know the way. the green economy is already here. there are jobs. we are building that new power in kentucky every day. a justcreating transition to make sure our workers and immunities are not left behind because we know that new energy power restores our land, protects our water, and heals our bodies. we know that new economic power builds wealth in small , small businesses that are rooted in our communities. and we know that new political power allows everyone to participate in our democracy. [cheers and applause] so since kentuckians for the commonwealth empowered me to be here today, and my friends in
appalachia are fighting white nationalists so they can calm, and i am here to represent them. i want to recognize the work that came before me that they have been doing, and i want to quote randy wilson one more time from that same rally way back in 2009 when randy said, "here is the challenge before us, if you join us today and tomorrow and the rest of tomorrow's, then one day will come when our grandchildren will sit at your knees and you will look at them in the eye and say, honey, i was there when we started to turn this thing around. they threaten to take my job, but i was there. they told me to shut up, but i was there. they took my water, but i was there. somebody needs to stand. if we keep standing him a we keep the promise of our ancestors to our sons and daughters and say we were there
to keep that promise, because what we do to the land, we do to the people." say it with me, what we do to the land, what we do to the water. thank you so much for the opportunity to speak with you here today. [cheers and applause] >> how are you all feeling? climate, jobs, and justice. yes, indeed. all right. toare going to get ready hear some music from a great fan here in a minute, but first, i stage abring to the good friend of mine, dorothy thomas. all right, she is the detroit
organizer fors the sierra club michigan chapter. all right, sierra club, i see some of you all in the building. and it's a founder of the d trade alliance, a community group dedicated to the pursuit of social justice. everybody give her a big round of applause. you all can do better. come on now. come on now. hey, d.c. omas, a dorothy thmo resident of detroit, michigan. i also work for the sierra club has a great lakes organizer. my freshman year and college, my grandmother was diagnosed with
three very rare forms of cancer, and one of the things doctor told us was that if we lived in a healthier, cleaner environment, it would have prolonged her life. whether shehoose wanted to invest in my education and support our family and move and pay for her medication. she told me, that year she passed away. also, i was diagnosed with a very rare eye disease, causedmation by the atmospheric conditions in our era. , chicago,leveland detroit, flint, all across the great lakes region have paid the price of the dirty fossil fuel industry with their lives every day. my grandparents, they done all they could do to support me and raise me in an upright way, and now that i am a mother expecting
months, i want to bring my daughters into this has aknowing that she cleaner, safer environment for future generations to come. [cheers and applause] color,unities of indigenous people, and low acome communities, they are disproportionate burden of toxic chemical exposure and related negative health outcomes. 60% of african-americans and 80% of latinos live in communities that are below epa air quality standards, and that is not right. if the 45th administration wants to make america great again, he has to make it communities that have an disproportionally impacted i environmental injustice, climate in justice, water in justice great again.
[cheers and applause] >> because one thing i know, healthy people equals a healthy economy. the current administration must know that black lives do matter. that environmental justice is relevant, that climate science is real, that water is life, and the people and the planet must always come before profit and corporate polluters. time for climate justice, environment of justice and water justice is right now. this marks the beginning to a new movement. say it after me, the people, the , and peace over profits. the people, the planet, and peace over profits. the people, the planet, and peace over profits. [cheers and applause]
>> you, each and every one of you, are amazing. there goes my script. boom. don't need it, don't need it, actually i kind of do. you open upry day the laptop or look at you or phone or talk to somebody and you hear some struggle. you hear about some hardship. get overwhelmed, but for myself, i also take time to look at the beauty around us. you take that moment to look at your loved ones or even look at this is ae and relies gift unto itself, some clean water, so i want you to look around in your life right now and give that thanks for something in your life, so i
want a round of applause for something you are thankful for. let me hear it. [applause] it is a band that interprets genres, blending colors of culture on the campus of african rhythms. their music is inspired by tradition and dedicated to the progress of music that moves the world. i want you to give a round of applause for our musical guests. [applause]
>> washington, d.c. come how are you doing today? hot andou are a little tired after that marching, but we promise we will give you a reason to stick around. the one thing we want to make sure we get across to you is that the philosophy of most of the earth coulters of the world is simple. two points here at one, you can't eat an environmentalist without being a humanitarian if you know that all life is hoped together, then you know all life must be respected in order to move forward. if you don't have that, there is a link missing in the chain. , dancing is spiritual and dancing is prayer. that's it. here we go. ♪
>> save our water. save our water. ♪ thank you, everybody. thank you very much, d.c. keep up the fight. we have at least four more years to go. >> yes. give it up. yes. we needed that energy. i saw you getting down. man with the red, feather boa. all right, you can get up now. it felt like a coming to america moment.
we are happy to see you all. we want to give you an update on the numbers. d.c. marine one over there? everybody say, dump trump. hey, ho, ho, donald trump has got to go. where is the sandman? out.st has to exit realityving a too. 200,000 people out here today from all over, and you all still look good, especially this lady with the hat. look at you.
let's go to our next guest, definitely our next speaker. have three speakers before we close it out. i want to make sure you give some love to our speakers. she works with maryland legal conservation voters. some fans here in the latino community of southeast baltimore. let's give her a round of applause here. [applause] [speaking spanish] organizer for a program of the maryland league of conservation voters. hereproud to be joined today fight many community members we work with in maryland . they are right over there. [cheers and applause] i am here fighting for
environmental justice because families and communities like mine carried the burden of climate change. their voices are erased from the broader fight. i was born in a country where indigenous populations are being displaced left and right by government and corporate greed. i am passionate about environmental justice because for me it is personal because my mom was diagnosed with asthma after a few years of eating in this country. for many years, she struggled to breathe, going to the hospital on multiple occasions with severe respiratory conditions. learned poor air quality causes and triggers asthma. that is when my passion began. i am in this fight because of want an environment where communities can go outside and not worry about whether they will be able to breathe or not. i want to look back and say we
have left this planet that are for future generations. ournt to make sure that mother earth is being protected. this fight is also personal because our communities are being affected disproportionately. our communities are the ones closest to power plants, highly infficked highways and dirty missions. they are surrounded by trash and litter and often neglected. back home in maryland, we are working on a campaign that aims to replace diesel school buses with zero emission buses, which would benefit kids across the state. [cheers and applause] campaign willuses be possible thanks to our strong group, many of whom are here today. -- [speaking
spanish] the strong women are doing something about it. this isn't just about the environment. it is about people's lives. it is about saving the communities we live in, from advocating for fair housing to fighting for clean air and water. -- has demonstrated that the environment affects us everywhere. of women hasgroup worked hard to fight for the rights of the community. in fact, some of these women a cityre helping received sanctuary status. [applause] >> [speaking spanish] it is time for the voices of communities like mine to be a for forefront of the fight for cleaner air, water, and communities.
we will not sit back. we will join the conversation and join the fight and be part of the solution. the power to create change is on us and we will make sure that we are heard here and thank you. -- are heard. thank you. [cheers and applause] [chanting] >> peace and planet. peace and planet. >> when we work on climate justice, it is important to understand we cannot organize in silos. right now, our muslim brothers and sisters and don't subscribe to the gender binary are under attack. one of those is a board member of the muslim woman's league. let's give a warm round of applause at this time. [applause]
>> that was so cool. and we do it just one more time. i never thought i would do that in front of the washington monument and write down the street in the white house. thank you so much. i am here representing the keepers of the faith and moral consciousness and my brothers and sisters we affectionately a-er to ourselves as the z's, and god has given us each a scripture, and according to our holy books, and we were all here today, from the pagans, the druids, the muslims, the as couples, the method is, the hindus, the buddhists, today was one of the coolest day ever
because the mellow buddhist, once they pass trump hotel they even booed. even our holy scriptures, they remind us that we are all given our own moral autonomy to decipher what is right and wrong , and we are reminded that we are all made from dust and shout return to dust, and that we are part of an ecological web. human beings are not superior to our animals, botanical, aquatic, or geological brothers and sisters of god's creation. our holy scriptures, koran saysly the carr all of creation battles to our creator in their way, so none of us has the right to impose ourselves because of our greed and ego and our need for overconsumption, to instill
militarism, to over violate its resources and do some harm on our brothers and sisters and ourselves because we are made from that same earth, and dr. king often said that racism and militarism and the ego and consumption are all intertwined. i happen to come from the world's oldest indigenous community, from a small country far away. you may have heard about it, iraq. ok. years ago, when the u.s. decided to invade it, it is strange because if iraq had exported oranges or tangerines, i wonder if it would have gone through the process of trying to liberate it, but that is a whole other story. the very land where my ancestors came from is where god is where god supposedly, many believe, created the first man and woman from that land and that water breathed life into
them. men dug pipelines underneath it assaultched a major where humanity and civilization began. through the years, my ancestors and my current family and tribesmen have faced humiliations that i did not want standing rock to go through again. the land now is barren. the only place in the middle east with the education. causedsh conditions have rise to desperation and extremism. children are being born with six fingers, and as they walk to makeshift schools, they are lunchboxes as gas is $17
a gallon in downtown again. i did not want to see that happen in standing rock. it is too thick indigenous community, i thank them, it reminded me of my roots and human dignity, and for a split second, i saw what my ancestors and family must have gone through, and that is just one example of what happens every day to indigenous people around the world because we need more and more and more, and that is what religion refers to as gluttony, and our scripture reminds us over and over again that natural disasters around the fixations our doing and our self harm, and most of the people affected are vulnerable people, and it is the people of faith -- all right.
that is probably using stolen iraqi oil right now, but we won't go there. when these vulnerable people are hit, remember, they don't have atm cards where they can go and wrap up things and go to their houses. the people of moral conscience is twiddling their thumbs come it is the houses of feedip that clothes and these people. it is our collective congregations that have money, manpower, and real estate, and we have to remember that, and the one thing is that we cannot get our mom's back. the one person you don't want to make matt's mom, so i can say it, no one messes with our mama, and i am speaking for the clergy. .ell, no no one messes with our mama.
i'm going to end with one of my favorite verses from the koran. god specifically refers to humanity and a very interesting way. he refers to us as nations and tribes, which is very, very interesting that he specifically uses the terminology, and god in our tradition, we believe that himn was revealed to through the prophet mohammed. this is my favorite first, children of adam, i have divided you into nations and tribes so you may get to know one another and live in peace. i have given you each a book and a path so that you may follow that path that should lead to me. do not swerve from that path. i have created you different and in need of one another. different and in need of one another. [cheers and applause] peace, strive for vye with each
other in doing good deeds. god bless you all. >> thank you so much. thank you very much for those , stick around a little bit longer. donald trump was watching is this whole time. he is going to his rally. he is going to meet up with some close friends in pennsylvania somewhere and his daughter in harrisburg, right. that's right. democracy is not for sale. -- we are here from other of, are we not? that's right. let's shout out to all the people watching on the livestream who might not have , marine one,rump
heading out from here as he watched all of us give him a lovely gesture. all right. now real quick coming to the stage, we have someone who represents a statement, a statement that is more than just simple and yet so important, black lives matter. [applause] when we think about that statement, it comes up with a lot of different things. there have been people who have co-opted that word, but black lives matter here. rightlives matter here, here in washington, d.c. and all across the world, succumbing to the stage, we have someone
representing the movement for black lives and beyond the we are allause working to strive beyond this day and this moment, and she is here to remind us of our constant need to understand how we must fight for racial justice because it is deeply connected to climate justice. can we give a big round of applause right now? you can do better than that. give it up for black lives matter. [applause] >> all right now. how are you all doing? can you hear me all right? are you already to fight? are you already to fight? are you already to resist? i don't hear you. are you ready to fight? are you ready to fight? are you ready to fight? i am honored to be here representing the movement for black lives and those mobilizing beyond the moment.
withand here and struggle all frontline communities who are leading the fight for justice for our people and an end to the destruction of the planet. as i stand here, i am well aware that we are faced with two very powerful and harsh realities. first, we have entered into the fight of our lives. we have entered into the fight of our lives, the kind of fight that requires us to resist an agenda that will bring more suffering to our communities and cause more harm to our planet, but there is a second reality. the second reality is that winning has never left the realm of possibility. in fact, our movements is growing, our power is strengthening, and resistance has become a chosen mandate of millions. our responsibility to not only recognize this reality, but to not be afraid to give voice
to our visions of freedom, one that shows respect to martin , a martin luther king they try to let us not remember, a martin luther king that talked about militarism, materialism, and racism. in his memory, i offer the following. on militarism and protecting the planet, we must call for this country's obsession with war. we must call for an end to this country's obsession with making war on the world. we must call to an end to the harmful military activity that this country carries out globally. not only does it lead to loss of lives and the exacerbation of has inflicted harm on the planet, a silent and ignored casualty. on capitalism, materialism, and the planet, we must challenge capitalism, decisions made by this administration and those
before it to grow the wealth of the wealthy and the power of multinational corporations and their use of fossil feels at the expense of the earth must be vigorously confronted. vigorously confronted. demanding such calls for radical redistribution of wealth and power. it means stripping away what has been stolen from us by the very rich and their corporations, and finally, there is no justice without racial justice. there is no climate justice without racial justice. there is no climate justice without gender justice. climate justiceic without justice for queer and transgender families. we must end racism. everywhere it manifests, including within our unmoved, and we must respect the leadership of black people, of
indigenous people, of people of color in frontline communities most impacted by climate change. this must be a deliberate, strategic choice to not only in the legacy of injustice in this country, but protected the earth. finally, there is no doubt they may have more money. there is no doubt our opponents may have more money, but we, if we choose, have more power. we cannot forget that we are the growing maturity. while at times they may have us with our back against wall, we mustremember the history remember us as more than just fighting. they must remember us as fighters who had the courage to believe in winning, the imagination to dream, and to envision something radically different. i hope that you will join us, and to many of us calling for beyond the moment on may 1, international workers day. black resistance
standing side-by-side with those fighting for and into deportation. for those protecting our earth, water, resources, alongside those calling for an end to the exploitation of our labor. we will on this day come together to show this administration and those that seek to gain from its agenda what it means to be on the opposition and movement more powerful than they have ever seen. we will make sure history never forgets us. are you ready to fight? are you ready to fight? are you ready to fight? thank you. [cheers and applause] >> yes. indeed. thank you, thank you. all right. give it up for black lives matter. for black lives. before we do anything, i do want to quickly make an announcement.
there is a missing female. her name is sonia. she is 5'4", about 62 years of age, brown hair in a ponytail. she is anglo american and has a white shirt and blue jeans on. she is staying at the hyatt capitol hill. if you see her, she may get a little disoriented. it is hot outside. hey, did you find sonia question mark you are sonia -- sonia? you are sonia? but you are not 62. what is your secret? you look amazing. sonia, call -- you really are sonia? stop lying. are you staying at the hyatt capitol hill?
oh, my god. hey, we found sonia. hey, sonia. and she looks great. she looks amazing. i'll write so we want to go .head we have our last closing act, and it has been a long day at some of you have traveled a long, long way to get here to the nation's capital, and we want to say, thank you. thank you for coming and visiting us in the nations capital. let's all live beyond this moment. in theope to see you streets, not only here again, but back home wherever you came from. participate you to in the may day actions coming up taking place all across the country in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters in this country. there will be cultural performances, frontline folks, communities coming together to express our unified resistance to colonialism, imperialism, and
ism.kind of - i want to say thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. it has been a beautiful day, a beautiful moment to share with each and everyone one of you. thank you. >> indefinitely. -- definitely. definitely. shout out to all the organizations who played a role and organizing this massive 200 thousand-people march in washington, d.c. people go to people's climate march to find other of vents, especially in the city. today, there are lots of things, but before anything else, let's close this out with a very wonderful group called sanctuary. sanctuary is a group that is near and dear to my heart. they use their faith and showcase it through art and culture.
have ae d.c.-based congregation-based right down the street from my house. to ward five of washington, d.c., and they have done some amazing work for the organization i work for, helping aboutspread the word displacement in washington, d.c. give a big round of applause for sanctuary. >> thank you all. you are beautiful. >> thank you everyone. see you all again soon. [applause] >> good afternoon. can you hear me? ok.
good afternoon, brothers and sisters. i am gabrielle williams. together we represent the sanctuary. a sacred community of artists and activists from diverse racial and spiritual backgrounds. sanctuary is the only interfaith art collective here in the country based right here in the nations capital. we are so pleased to be with you here today. before i start, i want to give thanks to the ancestors, because without them we would not be here. i think it is especially symbolic that we are here right adjacent to the national museum of african american history where the memory of one of my direct ancestors is enshrined, so i am proud to be here with all of you today and next to my ancestor, so a big -- for the ancestors.
toant to give special thanks all the elders that braved the heat today that came from far and wide and from close by because you lead us and we honor you, and without you, we would not he who we are, and thank you as well to the youth for giving us the vibrance and the life and the inspiration we need to move on. you all are the future. today tore together stand up for our grandmother earth. you, me, all of us, we are all warriors in our own way. we are facing a long and arduous battle with the highest of steaks, but what we must remember is that a warrior cannot fight the good fight without self-care. an md cup,pour from brothers and sisters, so we'd to sanctuary's community are here to bring you some healing, loving care. let's give thanks and gratitude
to our grandmother earth for giving us the breath of life. may peace be upon all of you. i will recite a couple of verses from the koran to close us out. giving ande mercy comes from a root in the arabic which means the womb. someone who is as merciful as a mother is to the child in the womb. se versus isof the that god talks about his creation of the stars, trees, and the gift of human language and he says he has created the heavens and earth in a balance, and you owe humanity, do not upset that balance, and i think that is what we are trying to do today, and that is a good prayer to end on, that we will continue
through song. we offer you now a medicine song shamanicow monica -- tradition. it means mother earth. medicine music is something that is meant to be shared across culturally, and i learned this song from my shaman in south america during my time there and has afforded me a lot of healing through my journey. yousong says, mother earth, warm me, feed me. she is literally, quite literally, our mother. but much like any other thing worth doing, this song will only be powerful if we all sing together, so we will lead you and ask that you grief deeply and connect with all of those around you, and especially the earth the need he that has given us the breath of life.
at theyou can see him rally is wrapping up. and a reminder, if you missed any of today's events, you can watch it all again on our website, c-span.org. our live coverage continues with president trump and his rally to mark his 100th day in office. that will be live here at 7:30 p.m. on c-span. day inarking his 100th office. a look here at his departure from the white house, you short time ago. -- a short time ago. our love -- our live coverage continues later with that rally in pennsylvania. later in the evening, we will take you to the white house
correspondents dinner in washington, d.c. where president trump is not attending. the entertainer this year is hassan minaj. you can watch that live at 9:30 p.m. eastern. >> sunday, on a q&a, the house of truth, a washington political salon and the foundations of liberalism. we speak with brad snyder. >> i think everyone is -- with this house. race was not a salient issue for them. they cared about the rights of workers. it took oliver wendell holmes junior and some of his opinions, including a 1923 case known as more id. see, that found for the first time that the mob
thenated trials violated due process clause. that is the first time that the supreme court struck down a state criminal court conviction. that was a huge moment. inputting fair criminal trials on the liberal agenda. >> sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> this week, fcc chair ajit pai unveiled plans to undo previous rules that mandated a free and open internet was speaking at the museum in washington, d.c. those rules were introduced by tom wheeler and went into effect under the obama administration. this is just under one hour. >> good afternoon everyone. president of freedom works and i want to welcome everyone here. a lot of people are tag